The Allen County Jail Chaplaincy was established in 1997 at the request of Sheriff Joe Squatrito. He had asked the Associated Churches to help to put this together. There were several leaders from churches and Taylor University that met and put the word out of the need of a Chaplain for the Jail. By the end of July they had selected Rev. Dick Sievers as the chaplain and had put together programs in the jail.
The chaplaincy now has three paid chaplains and over 70 volunteer chaplains that hold bible studies, provide books, as well as several educational programs for the inmates. The chaplaincy also has a board of directors that oversee to operation of the chaplaincy. These directors come from a variety of churches in the community. We also try to have representation from different groups and genders so that all areas have input on the board. The Chaplaincy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and must raise the funds to provide the programs and ministry in the jail.